Five clubs we can't wait to manage on Football Manager 2018

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With the 2017-18 season kicking off across Europe, Goal has picked out some of the top challenges that will be available in the new release

If you're like us, the return of European club football and all the signings being made will have you itching to start a new game of Football Manager.

Unfortunately we will have to wait until November to get our hands on Football Manager 2018 and its updated databases, but in the meantime we've been trying to figure out who to take charge of first.

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Here are five clubs we fancy taking charge of when the latest game hits the shelves.


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN


Neymar PSG

Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain has made them a hugely intriguing option for your first Football Manager 2018 game.

Add a top-five player in the world to Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos and the rest and all of a sudden you have a legitimate Champions League contender, which the French club was not last season.

It is a transfer that could change the entire landscape of European football as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo get older and Neymar enters his prime.

The table is set for the right boss to guide them to continental supremacy for years to come.


LIVERPOOL


Philippe Coutinho Liverpool

By the time FM 18 comes around this could have played out in two ways: either Philippe Coutinho will still be a Liverpool player, or he won't.

Both scenarios make for an interesting season. The Reds have a wealth of attacking talent having added Mohamed Salah to their ranks, but their defence remains questionable and they do not have as much depth as other teams.

Seeing off the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea to claim a first English championship since 1989-90, then, will take a lot of managerial skill.

If Coutinho leaves, add whatever cash Liverpool have left over currently to the €100 million-plus transfer fee he will command and you have a real warchest with which to strengthen the team in all areas - though some of it may have already been spent by Jurgen Klopp in real life.


BARCELONA


Barcelona

Last season belonged to Real Madrid and many expect 2017-18 to be much the same.

With Luis Enrique having left his post at Barcelona, however, a new manager has the chance to inject some fresh life into the team at Camp Nou.

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There is also likely to be at least one major addition to the squad made before the transfer deadline, whether it be Coutinho, Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele or somebody else.

Many Barca fans would like to see more of an emphasis placed on giving opportunities to young players than has been the case since Pep Guardiola left, too, so it promises to be a fascinating campaign for the Catalans.


STUTTGART


Julian Green Stuttgart

Moving away from Europe's elite clubs, Stuttgart could present an enjoyable challenge in the Bundesliga.

They won the 2. Bundesliga last season and will now be looking to re-establish themselves in the top flight - and it should not be forgotten that they were German champions as recently as 2007.

They play at a 60,000-capacity stadium and have an interesting squad, with notable players including Arsenal loanee Takuma Asano, ex-Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber and American prodigy Julian Green, who has struggled to live up to expectations.

RB Leipzig were instant hits after promotion last season and while it will be difficult to hit those heights straight away, there is plenty of potential there.


YEOVIL TOWN


Darren Way Yeovil Town

Fancy a real challenge lower down the English pyramid?

Well, Yeovil Town - of League Two, the fourth tier - just lost their first game of the season 8-2 against Luton Town.

The Glovers will have little to no money to spend despite their wafer-thin squad, meaning you will have to get creative if you want to keep them out of the relegation zone.

Of Yeovil's strikers, only one - 33-year-old veteran Francois Zoko - is over the age of 21 so as much as the defence was the problem against Luton, you will not have much in the way of proven quality up front either.

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